Welcome to St Finbarr's School - Ashgrove

 

 

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Message from the Principalhttp://www.stfinbarrsashgrove.qld.edu.au/our-school/Pages/Message-from-the-Principal.aspxMessage from the Principal<div><div> </div> <div style="text-align:left;"><img class="ms-rtePosition-2 ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0 ms-rteImage-1" src="/our-school/PublishingImages/IMG_7128.JPG" alt="" style="height:205px;width:300px;margin:5px;" /><em class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0"><strong>At the Heart of our School, the Gift of a Child.</strong></em></div></div> <span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0"></span><div><br>Welcome to St Finbarr’s Catholic Primary School.</div> <p class="ms-rteElement-P" style="text-align:justify;">The school was opened in 1925 by the Sisters of Charity and the rich traditions and charism of the sisters continue to underpin school life.</p> <p class="ms-rteElement-P" style="text-align:justify;">One of the many blessings of the school is a strong partnership between home and school, which has at its’ core the children. The children are blessed to be part of a community where not only does the energy and enthusiasm, sense of purpose and commitment of the parents and staff ensure that the children reap the benefits of their combined efforts, but through their active involvement in the life of the school, the children come to appreciate and understand by example, the value of community.</p> <p class="ms-rteElement-P" style="text-align:justify;">St Finbarr’s provides a broad and inclusive curriculum which not only promotes the basics but also offers opportunities for the diverse range of interests and abilities of our student body. Most importantly students experience a curriculum that engages them in the process of life-long learning. This year we are furthering the opportunities for students’ learning with the school being successful recipients of a grant entitled, Sustainable Ways of Embedding ICLT’s Into Contemporary Learning.</p> <p class="ms-rteElement-P" style="text-align:justify;">This school year promises to be rich and rewarding for all who are involved with this community. </p> <p class="ms-rteElement-P" style="text-align:justify;">Thank you for taking the time to visit our website which offers you an insight into the heart and ethos of our school. I look forward to meeting with you, answering your questions and showing you through this school rich and alive with the wonder and awe learning.</p> <p class="ms-rteElement-P"><em>Ann Hall</em><br>Principal</p> <div> </div>

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Open Morning Tours - 9 and 9:30 amhttp://www.stfinbarrsashgrove.qld.edu.au/Lists/Calendar/DispForm.aspx?ID=142Open Morning Tours - 9 and 9:30 am25/04/2019 11:00:00 PM
Preparing Your Child for Prep: Community Prep Info Sessionhttp://www.stfinbarrsashgrove.qld.edu.au/Lists/Calendar/DispForm.aspx?ID=141 Preparing Your Child for Prep: Community Prep Info Session1/05/2019 9:00:00 AM
Open Morning Tours - 9 and 9:30 amhttp://www.stfinbarrsashgrove.qld.edu.au/Lists/Calendar/DispForm.aspx?ID=143Open Morning Tours - 9 and 9:30 am30/05/2019 11:00:00 PM
Open Morning Tours - 9 and 9:30 amhttp://www.stfinbarrsashgrove.qld.edu.au/Lists/Calendar/DispForm.aspx?ID=144Open Morning Tours - 9 and 9:30 am26/06/2019 11:00:00 PM

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Prep 2020 Meet and Greet Interviewshttp://www.stfinbarrsashgrove.qld.edu.au/news-and-events/Pages/Prep-2020-Meet-and-Greet-Interviews.aspxPrep 2020 Meet and Greet Interviews<p></p><p dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px 0px 0.5em;transition:margin-bottom 0.3s;color:#212121;font-family:calibri, arial, sans-serif;font-size:15px;white-space:pre-wrap;"><img src="/news-and-events/SiteAssets/Pages/Prep-2020-Meet-and-Greet-Interviews/DSC05112.jpg" alt="DSC05112.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:450px;" />Earlier this term, Ann Hall (Principal) had the pleasure of <strong><em>Meeting and Greeting </em></strong>prospective Prep 2020 students and their families. Given that these children had only just begun kindy, this time together did not follow the more formal enrolment interview process of previous years. Rather, it was a time to extend a welcome, offer an insight into our school and answer any questions. An did this by way of reading with the boys and girls a story with which they were familiar, <em>The Very Hungry Caterpillar</em> by Eric Carle. It was wonderful to see the children’s expressions and hear their responses as we turned the pages of this children’s classic and loved story which many of the parents themselves recalled reading as a child.</p><p dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px 0px 0.5em;transition:margin-bottom 0.3s;color:#212121;font-family:calibri, arial, sans-serif;font-size:15px;white-space:pre-wrap;">Early next term, she looks forward to Meeting and Greeting the siblings of current students.</p><p dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px 0px 0.5em;transition:margin-bottom 0.3s;color:#212121;font-family:calibri, arial, sans-serif;font-size:15px;white-space:pre-wrap;">After Meeting and Greeting prospective Prep 2020 students and their families, places for next year were offered so that families can plan for next year. The families with whom she spoke with, were pleased that they had school 'all sorted' for next year.   </p><p dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px 0px 0.5em;transition:margin-bottom 0.3s;color:#212121;font-family:calibri, arial, sans-serif;font-size:15px;white-space:pre-wrap;">However we do apprieciate, that for some families, March is very early to be making decisions about Prep readiness.  Our experience has been that the kindy teacher will 'flag' with parents any concerns that they have regarding a child's readiness for Prep. If you have any readiness concerns, in the first instance, please chat with your child's kindy teacher. Ann is too am happy to meet with you again towards the end of the year to discuss the best time for your child to commence their school journey.  Should you decide to delay your child’s entry, the school will happily hold their place over until the following year.​</p><p>​</p>
Zone Swimming Carnival win Aggregate Trophy!http://www.stfinbarrsashgrove.qld.edu.au/news-and-events/Pages/Zone-Swimming-Carnival.aspxZone Swimming Carnival win Aggregate Trophy!<p><span style="color:#212121;font-family:calibri, arial, sans-serif;font-size:15px;white-space:pre-wrap;">​​<img src="/PublishingImages/IMG_3769.JPG" class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:400px;" />On Wednesday 27 March our St Finbarr’s swimming team competed at the Zone 4 Swimming Carnival at the Valley Pool. Our swim team had been eagerly awaiting this carnival to test out their swimming abilities against other schools in the district. The weather was variable with periods of heavy rain however, our swimmers were not fazed by the unfavourable swimming conditions. Our swim team is to be commended on their attitude, team work and performance at this carnival. Our performances in the pool were of a very high standard with a number of students taking out first place in a number of ages groups and strokes and or placing in events. Although performances in the pool were a highlight what was most impressive was the behaviour and sportsmanship in which the team displayed. I can speak on behalf of Mrs McGahan and myself to say that we were extremely proud of the St Finbarr’s swim team in and out of the pool. </span><br></p><p dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px 0px 0.5em;transition:margin-bottom 0.3s;color:#212121;font-family:calibri, arial, sans-serif;font-size:15px;white-space:pre-wrap;">St Finbarr’s finished 5th overall but only just! There was a tie for 3rd place and we were only 9 points away. It was a very close finish between the top 4x schools. <br></p><p dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px 0px 0.5em;transition:margin-bottom 0.3s;color:#212121;font-family:calibri, arial, sans-serif;font-size:15px;white-space:pre-wrap;">This year the zone awarded an aggregate overall winner. This is based on size of the school and performances in the pool. <em>This inaugural trophy was awarded to the St Finbarr’s swim team (1st place).</em> What a great start to our zone carnival season. Our swimmers should be so proud of their efforts.<br></p><p dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px 0px 0.5em;transition:margin-bottom 0.3s;color:#212121;font-family:calibri, arial, sans-serif;font-size:15px;white-space:pre-wrap;">A big thank you to Mrs McGahan and Mrs Brown for their job as team managers on the day. Further thank you to parents who were tirelessly supporting our swimmers and for their consideration of the teachers. We are very lucky to be part of such a tight knit supportive school community. Great job to our swim team!<br><br></p><p dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px 0px 0.5em;transition:margin-bottom 0.3s;color:#212121;font-family:calibri, arial, sans-serif;font-size:15px;white-space:pre-wrap;">Maria Miocevic - HPE Teacher, Prep to Year 6​<br><br></p>
Open Day and School Tourshttp://www.stfinbarrsashgrove.qld.edu.au/news-and-events/Pages/OpenDay.aspxOpen Day and School Tours<p style="font:400 13px/20.8px arial, sans-serif;margin:0px;text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;box-sizing:border-box;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"><span style="background:#ffffff;margin:0px;color:#1d2129;font-size:14px;box-sizing:border-box;">​Our Open Day on Thursday 28th February, is an opportunity to view our classrooms in action - including our one-to-one laptop program, Arts and strong visible learning throughout the school.</span><span style="margin:0px;color:#1d2129;font-size:14px;box-sizing:border-box;"><br style="box-sizing:border-box;"> <br style="box-sizing:border-box;"> <span style="background:#ffffff;margin:0px;box-sizing:border-box;">Classrooms will be open from 9 - 12 and 4 - 6. During this time our senior students will take you on a tour around the school before you are given the opportunity to talk to the school leadership staff. </span><br style="box-sizing:border-box;"> <br style="box-sizing:border-box;"> <span style="background:#ffffff;margin:0px;box-sizing:border-box;">Please register your interest on the link below, on our website or by emailing the school at <a style="color:#0072c6;text-decoration:none;box-sizing:border-box;"><font class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-3" style="color:#43afff;box-sizing:border-box;">pashgrove@bne.catholic.edu.au</font></a><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-3" style="color:#43afff;box-sizing:border-box;">.</span></span></span><span style="margin:0px;font-size:14.66px;box-sizing:border-box;"></span></p><p style="font:400 13px/20.8px arial, sans-serif;margin:0px;text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;box-sizing:border-box;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"><span style="margin:0px;color:#1d2129;font-size:14px;box-sizing:border-box;"><span style="background:#ffffff;margin:0px;box-sizing:border-box;"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-3" style="color:#43afff;box-sizing:border-box;"><br></span></span></span></p><p style="font:400 13px/20.8px arial, sans-serif;margin:0px;text-align:left;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;box-sizing:border-box;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0" style="margin:0px;font-size:14px;box-sizing:border-box;"><span style="background:#ffffff;margin:0px;box-sizing:border-box;"><span style="box-sizing:border-box;">Don't worry if you missed our Open Day for Term 1, in Term 2 we have three school tour dates that you can register for.</span></span></span></p><p style="font:400 13px/20.8px arial, sans-serif;margin:0px;text-align:left;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;box-sizing:border-box;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"><span style="margin:0px;color:#1d2129;font-size:14px;box-sizing:border-box;"><span style="background:#ffffff;margin:0px;box-sizing:border-box;"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-3" style="color:#43afff;box-sizing:border-box;"><br></span></span></span></p><p style="text-decoration-line:underline;text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:17.3333px;"><strong>Term 2 Tours: </strong></span></p><p style="text-align:center;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">Please click on dates to register.</span></p><p style="text-align:center;"><a href="https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=9yCGN0qqrECQKi75E9jtaSzfOTtoDVFDtn6l-weTloNUNVlNRkVOWFIxTk5BNDJYNlhTSU5aSktQTy4u"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-4">Friday 26th April​</span></a><br class="ms-rteFontSize-4"></p><p style="text-align:center;"><a href="https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=9yCGN0qqrECQKi75E9jtaSzfOTtoDVFDtn6l-weTloNUNFRPVlhBNTBQMUhBOEc0WTRYME5GMVdVRi4u"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-4">Friday 31st May​</span></a><br class="ms-rteFontSize-4"></p><p style="text-align:center;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-4"><a href="https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=9yCGN0qqrECQKi75E9jtaSzfOTtoDVFDtn6l-weTloNUNUM5VjBPVFpIQjUzNjI4UUc0WFZHQUVOMS4u">Thursday 27th June</a>​</span></p><p style="font:400 13px/20.8px arial, 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2019 Community Prep Information Sessionhttp://www.stfinbarrsashgrove.qld.edu.au/news-and-events/Pages/Community-Prep-Information-Session.aspx2019 Community Prep Information Session<p style="text-align:center;">​<span style="font-size:18pt;">Preparing Your Child for Prep: Community Prep Information Session</span></p><p style="text-align:center;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-4">Wednesday 1st May 2019 - 7 - 8 pm​​</span><br><br></p><p>Starting prep is an exciting time! It can also be a time of uncertainty for children and parents. We want to give parents the opportunity to come along to a Prep Information Session to hear from our Principal, Primary Learning Leader, Teacher Librarian and Prep Teacher about how you can transition smoothly into school. </p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong class="ms-rteForeColor-8 ms-rteFontSize-3"><em>This free event is open to St Finbarr's families and the whole community with children starting Prep in 2019 and beyond</em></strong><span class="ms-rteForeColor-8 ms-rteFontSize-3">. </span><br></p><p> This event will cover</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Prep Readiness<br></li><li>The importance of reading with your child</li><li>A typical day in Prep </li><li>Prep classroom tour<br></li></ul><p style="text-align:center;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3"><br></span> </p><p style="text-align:center;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3"><a href="https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=9yCGN0qqrECQKi75E9jtaSzfOTtoDVFDtn6l-weTloNUOUNCUEoxQzRTRTYzVjhPTTIzQk45TTNZMy4u" target="_blank"><img alt="RegisterBTN.jpg" src="/news-and-events/PublishingImages/RegisterBTN.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:570px;height:84px;" /></a><br></span> </p><p style="text-align:center;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3">​</span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3">or email the school at </span><a href="mailto:pashgrove@bne.catholic.edu.au"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3">pashgrove@bne.catholic.edu.au</span></a><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3">​</span></p><p>​​<br><br></p>
St Finbarr's Literature Festivalhttp://www.stfinbarrsashgrove.qld.edu.au/news-and-events/Pages/Literature-Festival.aspxSt Finbarr's Literature Festival<p><img src="/news-and-events/SiteAssets/Pages/Literature-Festival/DSC00844.JPG" alt="DSC00844.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:659px;" />​<br></p><p><span style="color:#000000;font-family:calibri, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:13.3333px;">St Finbarr’s Inaugural Literature Festival was held on Monday 3rd September . It proved to be a huge success with five authors appearing over the course of the morning. Australian Children’s Laureate Morris Glietzman, inspired our students with his engaging style and funny anecdotes . ABC radio and Craig Zonka interviewed Morris Gleitzman on the morning where he gave our #Litfest 2018 a shout out . Chanel 9 also reported on our Inaugural Literature festival as part of a story on encouraging children to read.</span><span class="Apple-converted-space" style="color:#000000;font-family:calibri, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:13.3333px;"> </span></p><p class="x_x_x_MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0px;color:#000000;font-family:calibri, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:13.3333px;">Among other topics, Morris Glietzman spoke about his latest novel,  “Help Around the House”  set in Parliament House. Our year six students are keen to read it with their Canberra trip coming up in the next month. <br><br></p><p class="x_x_x_MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0px;color:#000000;font-family:calibri, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:13.3333px;">After morning tea, Morris Glietzman was joined by the former St Finbarr’s Primary student and parent Michael Gerard Bauer. Michael's latest book “Rodney Loses it!”, about a rabbit who loses his favourite pen, has just won the Children's Book Council of Australia , Early Childhood Book of the Year. Michael ran a workshop with our Prep and Year 1 students where they were up and out of their seats acting out parts of his latest book.</p><p class="x_x_x_MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0px;color:#000000;font-family:calibri, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:13.3333px;"> </p><p class="x_x_x_MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0px;color:#000000;font-family:calibri, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:13.3333px;">Christine Bongers, Sheryl Gwyther and Josie Montano also ran workshops for our Year 2 to 6 students about the writing and editing process. The children were enthralled to hear where authors get their ideas from and how these come together in multiple drafts through to the final publication. The students were truly inspired by these workshops and were keen to get writing straight away.<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span><br></p><p class="x_x_x_MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0px;color:#000000;font-family:calibri, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:13.3333px;"><br></p><p class="x_x_x_MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0px;color:#000000;font-family:calibri, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:13.3333px;">Christine Bongers summed up the mood of the day on her blog post below,<br></p><p class="x_x_x_MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0px;color:#000000;font-family:calibri, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:13.3333px;"> <br></p><p class="x_x_x_MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0px;color:#000000;font-family:calibri, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:13.3333px;"><a href="https://christinebongers.wordpress.com/2018/09/03/a-champion-end-to-book-week/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" class="x_x_OWAAutoLink">https://christinebongers.wordpress.com/2018/09/03/a-champion-end-to-book-week/</a></p><p style="margin-bottom:0px;color:#000000;font-family:calibri, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:13.3333px;">​<br><img src="/news-and-events/SiteAssets/Pages/Literature-Festival/rotated.jpg" alt="rotated.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:659px;" /><br><br></p><p><br></p>